Hello, and thank you for checking out my webpage. I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor in the state of Oklahoma. Currently I am private practice in Edmond, Oklahoma as well as offer tele-medicine appointments. I am a state of Oklahoma board approved licensure supervisor in the specialty of clinical social work and substance abuse. I have the opportunity to engage with my community through speaking at various businesses, supporting schools, teachers and local churches as well as work with the HALO Project and the Oklahoma TBRI Collaborative for Children (OTCC).
Since starting my clinical journey over 15 years ago, I have had the honor to walk along side numerous individuals and families as they took steps toward making their tomorrow different. At times that meant supporting families and individuals in times of crisis, other times that was walking along side someone as they fought for recovery and other times that was just to help someone see all the possible options that await them.
I began my career in the social work/helping field by working in group homes while completing my bachelors psychology degree. Before going into private practice, I worked in a therapeutic foster care agency, an inpatient facility, and a community mental health agency where I had the opportunity to work with court diversion programs, crisis services, family strengthening programs, all while providing outpatient therapy to adults, adolescents, kids and/or families. During this time, I also held several positions in management and learned a great deal about the importance of quality leadership. I enjoy using this knowledge to enhance families, individuals in leadership as well as working with companies.
In 2013, I was introduced to Trust Based Relational Intervention (TBRI) and started using it both at home as a foster parent as well as in my office. The in 2014, I was gifted the amazing opportunity to further enhance my skills by gaining specific training to work with kids from hard places and their families by learning TBRI through the Karyn Purvis Institute of Child Development (KP ICD) at Texas Christian University (TCU) (See resources page for links and more information). This approach has certainty enhance my tool box in ways I did not expect. Yes, I have more tools to help kids and families who have been in the foster system and/or adopted. I have also seen how this attachment based, relationship focus approach impacts every relationship dynamic and helped healing take places in couples/marriage sessions, individual adult sessions as well as helping families who have only biological connections.
We know from research that the client-therpaist relationship is the most important component to the success of this healing journey. If for some reason, I do not seem like a good fit for you or your family, I am happy to work with you to find a better fit. Your journey of healing is most important and helping to get to the right person for you is a top priority.
I am thankful for every person who contacts me or comes into office as I know they are trusting me and working on vulnerability to make desired changes in their life. I have high standards when it comes to creating an environment that fosters a judgement free, confidential, and safe space to work on the things that bring you to therapy. I truly believe we all have strengths & skills that when discovered or enhanced are perfectly unique to you and your life.
In the winter of 2018 our family dog, Pete, became certified at a therapy dog and joined me as my office partner. It has been such a joy to watch him grow from a shy, fearful dog to a bold, curious dog who is excited to see clients and knows just when to come give some extra comfort. Pete is a lab/shepherd mix who joined our family in 2009 after I saw him laying under a bridge following several days of rain. He had been badly injured and treated poorly. With the help of Heartland Lab Rescue, he was fully treated and now uses his story and life to help others. Pete has been certified and insured through Human Animal Link of Oklahoma Foundation (H.A.L.O.).
A bit about
I have lived in OKC Area most of my life and even before attending OU was a Sooner fan. I am married and our family story includes being parents to both foster and biological children. We have one dog, enjoy being outside, music (of most every genre) and eating good food. I enjoy taking pictures, being with family or friends, hanging outside and being a forever learner.